The concept of time is simply that, a concept.
Our heavily linear idea of time provides us with an easily digestible system of past, present and future, but it ultimately leads us astray into the depths of a construct.
Humans have ingeniously created calendars, clocks and all kinds of devices to let us know what time/day/year we have collectively decided to assign to the moment. But all the numbers and words we use to describe time (whether they be based on science or convenience) are just that, numbers and words. They are all man-made. The fact that it is now 8pm on a Sunday night in mid-June 2017 means absolutely nothing from any other point in space. Because of this, one could argue that time may not even exist, at least not in the way we generally perceive it.
Scientifically speaking, quantum physics tells us that the past, present and future all exist simultaneously. But how can this be if time is linear? It can’t. If we continue to perceive time as linear, the science will never make sense. Therefore, an adjustment of thinking is required because time exists more as a point, rather than a line.
Quantum physics and the idea of spacetime are definitely difficult to comprehend, but if we accept the science, then the simultaneous occurrence of everything past, present and future completely throws the clock/calendar linear model of time out the window.
Though even disregarding all the physics/spacetime/quantum entanglement science completely, as mere human beings, we have no way of knowing anything for certain outside of the present moment. There is no absolute way of determining the so-called “future,” and there is no way of perfectly accurately recall the “past.” Therefore, linearly speaking, all we are left with is the present. If we can’t be sure of anything beyond the present, how can we be 100% sure of anything in the past or future?
If we accept that nothing can be known or real apart from the now, then one may be inclined to insinuate that nothing matters apart from the now. However, without taking that to Nihilistic conclusions, one may see it as a simple reassurance and reminder to ourselves that the now is important.
So much of our lives is spent either reminiscing about the past or planning for the future, that we often forget to just be in the moment. To simply live, and know we are living.
There is a big difference between being alive and actually living. And if we can only be certain of the now, then what are we doing when we allow ourselves to get lost in the past or the future?
Just some food for thought. If you have the time 😉